7 Nude Essie Polishes That Look Stunning On Darker Skin TonesDecember 31, 2018
Finding the perfect nude nail polish is like finding a good apartment in NYC — difficult but not impossible. It’s one of those things that is highly custom and wholly dependent on the individual, making it a sometimes frustrating and long process to get the look you’re going for. Luckily, we live in the age of social media, where someone (celebrity or otherwise) is bound to have a similar skin tone and undertone combo and can help you narrow down your options. We also live in a time where editors (us) have spent hours combing through press emails, feeds and stalking our favorite red carpet manis to find the best nude nail polishes for dark skin — all from our favorite polish brand, Essie. We’ve rounded them up ahead — from the grey taupe-y beige that was practically made for the ‘gram to the deep brown shade we’ve been seeing everywhere.
Sand Tropez is the taupe-y shade that instagram dreams are made of — and looks stunning on medium-dark skin. It’s the sandy neutral you’ll reach for time and time again and is appropriate year round.
A warm terracotta beige, Less Is Aura is the pinky nude that’s an easy go-to when you don’t know what color to choose. The finish varies by person but looks great on dark skin and is the kind of polish that will earn you consistent compliments from nearly anyone you meet.
For deep skin tones, we love Clothing Optional, a sienna brown hue that never disappoints. Its creamy formula goes on opaque with just one coat and has a glossy, high-shine finish.
This clean sandy shade errs on the pink side and gives us deep, living coral vibes. While not exactly “nude”, it’s the muted neutral you need in rotation and a great choice for dark skin.
Essie Playing Koi
Another not-quite-nude neutral shade we love is Playing Koi, a deep spice-colored hue that’s perfect for fall. It’s the “nude” you didn’t know you needed and is an easy way to switch up your mani for the season without completely disrupting the status quo.
A deep brown with a hint of red, Truth or Bare is the perfect hue for someone with deep skin and cooler undertones. We love this chocolatey hue for every season and occasion — it’ll quickly become the most versatile shade you own.
A celeb fave, Mink Muffs is an easy go-to whether you’re on the red carpet or (like most of us) doing more normal things. The smoky brown shade looks and feels incredibly luxe and is ultra-flattering for dark skin tones. We recommend trying this on your next trip to the salon (or on an upcoming self-care Sunday) — you won’t regret it.